In A Vase On Monday—Gardenias With Blue And Red

In A Vase On Monday—Gardenias With Blue And Red

In A Vase On Monday—Gardenias With Blue And Red

On this Memorial Day I am joining Cathy’s  In A Vase On Monday, a weekly opportunity to share cut flowers from one’s garden.

Gardenias grow 7 or 8 feet tall along the north side of our house. They began blooming this past week and their first fresh, fragrant blossoms were a clear choice for today’s arrangement.

Gardenia sp.

Gardenia sp.

Gardenias

Gardenias

Companions for the gardenias are deep red antirrhinum and Black and Blue salvia.

In A Vase On Monday—Gardenias With Blue And Red

In A Vase On Monday—Gardenias With Blue And Red

In A Vase On Monday—Gardenias With Blue And Red

In A Vase On Monday—Gardenias With Blue And Red

The vase for today belonged to a special neighbor and friend who passed away last year. A brilliant, well-travelled and well-read woman, Linda had a warm smile for everyone, an unforgettable laugh and a fascinating story for every occasion. From time to time I helped her with technical issues with her no longer extant WordPress blog. On her blog she interspersed recordings of her daily life in Chapel Hill as a writer, with accounts of experiences growing up in Seattle and her time overseas as an American Foreign Service spouse where one of her official duties in 1990 was to greet Pope John Paul II during his tour of Africa. Among many things, we shared a penchant for Ann Patchett novels and anything related to Julia Child. A few years older than I, she kindly took me under her wing a bit, which was touching. I am grateful to have this lovely keepsake of our friendship.

As befitting its former owner, the vessel holding today’s flowers is unique. Made of blown glass, the form is asymmetrical with alternating bands of blue and green color. The top is loosely pinched together leaving just a small narrow opening, yet it accommodated quite a few stems.

In A Vase On Monday—Gardenias With Blue And Red

In A Vase On Monday—Gardenias With Blue And Red

Materials

Antirrhinum majus (snapdragon)
Gardenia sp.
Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

In A Vase On Monday—Gardenias With Blue And Red

In A Vase On Monday—Gardenias With Blue And Red

As always, thanks to Cathy for hosting this weekly flower obsession. Visit her at Rambling In The Garden to discover what she and other gardeners are placing In A Vase On Monday.

36 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Gardenias With Blue And Red

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Marian, photographing these flowers was a trial as each one of the flower colors is difficult to capture. The vase is signed but I can’t make out the name. Would like to know more about it.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      So opposite from last year, we’ve had lots of rain. Both the gardenias and the salvia look extremely healthy. I think the vase is the actual focal point in this arrangement.

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  1. johnvic8

    My gardenias are blooming now as well. Perhaps we will feature them soon. They are the best we’ve ever had here. Must have been the winter weather.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      John, I’ve been attributing the abundance of gardenias to the rain, but you’re right–winter wasn’t so brutal this year. Look forward to seeing your gardenias too.

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  2. Cathy

    The first things to catch my eye were a) the glorious salvia b) the beauty of the vase. So nice to have a story about how the latter came to you. Something to treasure and treasure, reminding you of your friend every time you see it. And then I thought – gardenias in the garden! What bliss. All in all a lovely arrangement beautifully (as always) presented. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Cathy

    The red, white and blue makes such a ‘crisp’ looking arrangement, and your friend’s vase is very pretty. Good to have those memories. Nice to see your salvia too – I am waiting to see how the ones I put in last year have fared as they are not all reliably hardy in the UK

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Perhaps the “crispness” comes from how I massed each type of flower instead of interspersing them. Makes them stand out more. I have varying luck with salvias Cathy–do hope yours comes back vigorously. If it gets too dry ‘Black and Blue’ shuts down but is always ready to bounce back at the next rain.

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  4. Kris Peterson

    It’s a beautiful vase and I enjoyed hearing how it came into your possession – it’s histories like that that give the things in our lives meaning beyond their material worth. As usual, you’ve accented the vessel with the perfect selection of flowers. Your gardenia shrub is awe-inspiring!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Kris.. The vase is a special treasure for the associations it holds. Having just opened this week the gardenias were at their freshest. We had rain later and I can already see the flowers on the shrubs turning brown.

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  5. Annette

    the vase is beautiful, Susie, as is your bouquet which smells wonderfully too, I believe – it’s always great to hold on to things that harbour special and good memories. how delightful to be able to grow gardenias, much more exciting than my sorrel

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Annette. You’re right, the gardenias do smell delicious, a great bonus to growing gardenias. I found your sorrel beautifully presented.

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  6. Karen

    Ah, gardenias! I could only wish. Lovely story about your neighbour. My aunt was also in the foreign service: Middle East, Africa, and many years in Latin America. I was lucky enough to spend a summer with her in Guatemala when I was 13. Quite an eye-opener. It is thanks to her that I learned Spanish and now live in Spain. She now has end-stage alzheimer’s/dementia, and believes that she is at a mission working with the “natives”, which I am sure was one of her happier experiences. Funny how the brain works.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Karen, thanks for sharing your own story of the foreign service. What a great opportunity that must have been for you to visit your aunt in Guatemala. Quite sad that she now has alzheimer’s.

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  7. Cathy

    That is a perfect display for your national holiday Susie. The flowers are lovely – especially the Gardenias since I can’t grow them here and they always seem somewhat exotic. I love the vase, and the way the light catches it in your photos makes it seem quite special, like the lady you got it from. 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. Gardenias are often grown here, but they do retain a sense of the exotic for me too. This year’s display is exceptionally good, perhaps the milder winter and plenty of rain. Photographing these flowers was a challenge. White blooms are difficult, blue are very testy. The light coming made some nice reflections on the table that I wish I’d been able to capture. Have a good week.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yes, it is a treat when the gardenias start blooming and I can fill the house with their wonderful fragrance. I did hope the salvia’s color was deep enough to balance the strong blue vase so thank you for that comment.

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  8. Julie

    My daughter is fond of Julia Child too, your friend sounds as if she was a wonderful woman, the vase and your arrangement are both lovely.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      That’s wonderful. Julia Child led a fascinating life and your daughter is well on her way too. I read her blog a few times but have lost track of it lately. My friend also led an interesting life. Thanks Julie.

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